Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Name and describe the gingiva and supporting structures comprising the periodontium.
  • Describe and identify basic gingival anatomy and histology.
  • Identify characteristics of gingival health (gingival color, size, contour, texture, consistency and sulcus depth).
  • Describe the characteristics of unhealthy gingiva.
  • Understand the role of local irritants in the gingival disease process.
  • Explain the recommendations for toothbrushing and flossing.